Wimbledon’s Black Wednesday

Black Wednesday claims seven withdrawals or injuries in one day.

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Marin Cilic, Belgian Steve Darcis vacated the competition after causing shock upset beating hot property Rafael Nadal in the preliminaries two days earlier when the contest began on Monday.

Preliminary shock exit for Rafa Nadal

Victoria Azarenka suffered a drastic tumble in her first round win over Maria Joao Koehler. Azarenka needed treatment on court instantly. She finished the match but couldn’t go further in the competition and withdrew. She pulled out minutes before her second round contest unable to continue. She was in excruciating pain on Monday.

Croatian Cilic, with a knee injury, USA entry John Isner alongside Czech competitor Radek Stephanek all abdicated through injury.

Yaroslava Shvedova and rising challenger Jo-Wilfried-Tsonga, number six seed, retired 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to Ernests Gulbis.

Maria Sharapova is also having trouble on the courts, with her and other players questioning the court’s quality control from the slippery surface of the lawn today.

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Maria Sharapova’s hopes of the Wimbledon crown this year have faded as she lost her match moments ago. Sharapova is still questioning the surface of the court. She fell twice in her game.

UPDATE 8.21 PM

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Roger Federer has sensationally been knocked out of the competition by Serhiy Stakhovsky as Black Wednesday at Wimbledon claims its latest shock elimination.  Federer secured the first round after which Stakhovsky won last three of four sets to catapult his career further with a monumental defeat of sterling competition.

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London 2012, Day 9 Results

London 2012, Day 9:

Ailing to ascension

Ben Ainslie silenced his previous opponents from Denmark and Netherlands swishing past to first capturing the gold medal on offer, in the Sailing Finn event. Jonas Hogh-Christensen bagged silver for Denmark as Jonathan Lobert C’est finn-y(ed) for France earning bronze.

Tennis

Andy Murray managed to knock off Roger Federer at the Wimbledon grounds today in the finals to raise the gold medal in tennis for Team GB. Federer took silver.

Someone came third, but no one seemed to care, media wise. Argentina won, in case you were wondering.

Murray had roughly thirty mins or more to rest before double duty, in the mixed doubles with Robson against Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus. Murray and Robson lost and took silver, as their opponents held gold.

Serena and Venus reunited to win gold and dominate the Olympics once more.

Gymnastics

Woh! Long legs!

Back at the Gym events the Pommel Horse finals were scheduled, seeing Louis Smith tie in first place with 16.066. Smith was denied gold but claimed silver instead due to execution scores being slightly lower than rival Krizstian Berki. Max Whitlock, 19, also took bronze for Britian in another sterling display on the apparatus.

Duchess of Cambridge was in attendance to support one and all

Gym floor Men’s gym floor exercise

Zou Kai flew to first for China in the ground work, as Kochei Uchimura romped home with another medal, this time with silver for Japan. Denis Ablyazin of Russia proved a force once again, claiming the bronze.

Women’s Boxing Natasha Jonas, 28, defeated prominent ‘Queen’ Underwood of Team USA to pass quarter final stages, after Women’s Boxing was non-existent until now for Britain, adding a touch of equality already causing healthy debate.

My niche field of sports journalism, one not many can cover at all, Wrestling (see below for event details) began today. Looking for tickets well before and leading up to the games were over expensive at near £300 for a “rubbish seat” two days ago, the 48 hour scheme in place, offered no tickets and yet, on the day, numerous seats were empty. Even the media space was highly abandoned, with minimal international reporters. I pray for the rest of the week being a dismal turnout of despair, as it will be.

Awash with more empty seats, yet website continues to say sold out time again

The majority of the crowd, who gained discounted tickets at the last minute, weren’t even interested nor care for the sport. The process is flawed, and a mass disgrace to the sport and the officials in charge. Surely it makes credible sense to enforce not only a Brit, but someone with that eye to be there to report or experience to encourage others who have no knowledge of the sport.

Great Britain have shambolically entered ONE wrestler, and a female only. Need I say any more?

It is also interesting to see the BBC and The Sun tabloid newspaper loot numerous sayings or wording from the writer, whilst being unable to offer an opportunity, nor exposure from this worldwide outreach to promote the games on this platform. I’m still available for hire. Is it that difficult for the BBC, when they constantly feed my script to their presenters? Hmmm.

If a journalist needs to loot from someone else for free, then the journalism is proof alone that they have no integrity to reporting nor dignity.

Athletics

U(in)sain Bolt blitzes own record once more, Keep Up!

Usain Bolt blitzed his own record in the 100m. The Jamaican sprinter added 9.63 to his repertoire as the newest record break his own previously held as Yohan Blake from Jamaica also joined his at 9.75 to earn silver in a comfortable second.

Bolt even won a gold mascot trophy too!

Oscar Pistorius’s took to the stadium despite his amputeed setback. Not wishing to be classed as an exception, Oscar strode out in his carbon fibre in a hearty effort, respected by all.

Marathon

Tipping the velvet

Tiki Gelana, 24, of Ethiopia won gold at the marathon, whilst breaking a world record in addition. She crossed the line down London’s Pall Mall strip in 2(hours).23.07 followed by Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo and Russian Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova to all earn the three top medals in play. Brit Paula Radcliffe abdicated her position days beforehand due to unfortunate injury.

Omnislash

Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark rode to gold with 27 points in the velodrome above Bryan Coquard on 29 and Edward Clancy at 30 points. Clancy of GB brought back a bronze as France claimed silver in a sturdy attempt at the Omnium cycle.

Women’s Handball

France, Spain Brazil, Korea and Croatia kept their eyes on the ball advancing forward in the games. Montenegro and Russia drew their match and therefore both advance. Croatia crushed GB.

Volleyball

Brazil, US, China, Russia, Dominican Republic and Japan (who dropped Great Britian) have headed on to the next day of competition.

Beach Volleyball

Brazil, the US (with two sets of teams) and China advance to the next event after quarterfinals.

Women’s waterpolo finished its quarterfinals as Spain defeated GB as they join the United States, Australia and Hungary further on in the completion.

Men’s Hockey proves ever fruitful as GB have impressed beyond initial doubts as strong opponents where Spain, Netherlands, Korea, Pakistan and Australia, who Great Britain drew with all ascend.

Wrestling, Greco-Roman

Roman Vlasov defeated Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia to earn Russia the gold in the Men’s 74kg Greco-Roman bout, after tension from Christophe Guenot, whom almost secluded him in the final seconds of the match up, which Vlasov evaded swiftly to secure the next round. The 21 year old sprang across with a flexible somersault, saluting the raucous crowd atop his trainer’s shoulders. Speaking of his outing in London he stated – “I still can’t quite believe it, “It’s just wonderful.”

Five time world champion, Hamid Soryan Reihanpour hailing from Iran stormed to the 55kg with a victory over Rovshan Bayramov, who seemed impressive in early stages for Azerbaijan to lift the gold.

Greco-Roman consists of competitors using only their upper body and arms in order to gain victory over their adversary.

London 2012, Day 8 Results

London 2012, Day 8:

Super Saturday: Six gold beacons

of Great British light

This is Ennis: 2012

The nations sweetheart Jessica Ennis took the day by storm, in the Athletics events to power through, leading the table and reaching out for an Olympic gold medal for Team GB. Evangelic Ennis yesterday added over 4000 points to start strong in Shotput, 200m sprint, women’s bar and hurdles events, with javelin, long jump and 800m to come today. Expectation was piled onto Ennis for the last three years with huge expectations. While she powered through with her determination to win, the media continue to hype individuals in the wrong way, where it needs to re-consider the effect longstanding. Rebecca Adlington had immense pressure onto her, as had Tom Daley to a degree.

Ennis stamped her mark on the games

Next to the girl next door, was Greg Rutherford, who launched into first for the long jump flying into first, with an 8.31m to return gold to Team GB once more for the guys.

Go Far-tha-r!

Mo Farah relayed the gold back to Team GB after a bout of stamina secured his 10,000m victory run to first place, bringing back the sixth in a day now hailed as “Super Saturday” for Great Britain from our Heptathlon heroes.

King, Trott and Roswell

The Women’s team (Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell) over in the velodrome for more Team Pursuit who drove further success home, shattering Team USA in the finals with extraordinary speed. They almost lapped them on the other side in a glorious cycle.

Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland began the day’s first victory in the lightweight double sculls at Eton Dorney for the Rowing events. The men continued tradition in the 4 man coxless four vessel where Andrew Triggs Hodge, Tom James, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory rode home with gold also.

Dramatic despair came by INCHES in the lightweight sculls where Brit’s Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter were pipped by Denmark ‘s pair Rasmus Quist (aptly named) and Mads Rasmussen. The Brit pair had to restart after a faulty seat initially. “We gave everything. We tried everything. We wanted to win so badly. Sorry to everybody we’ve let down”, Mark Hunter said. None of the country felt let down by the pair in a tense ride. Fountains of support flooded Twitter and all outlets for them.

The Danish ‘devils’ gave Britain a past-ing…

Mark and Zac for Team GB

The Brits washed away Waterpolo hopes to Hungary, who dominated the event, where our boys in Brit blue put in a good effort since participation centuries ago.

Team GB in 2012

Tennis 

Serena Williams fought Maria Sharapova for the hopes of a gold medal at Wimbledon. Williams won.

Andy Murray and Laura Robson wrote their names in the diary for mixed doubles for Tennis action, as Murray plays R-Fed on Day 9 for the gold.

Women’s Triathlon

Swiss Nicola Spirig took gold foiling Sweden’s Lisa Norden in a gripping end. Erin Densham claimed the bronze for Australia after falling out of contention previously in line for potential gold until the final 200 metres.

Helen Jenkins attempted to win in the event, though was unable to stronger competition on the day. “I gave everything, I’m sorry it wasn’t a medal,” Jenkins added, after a fair effort in the gruelling ground gallop of London’s streets.

Weightlifting

Men’s 94kg saw Moldovian Anatoli Ciricu gain the bronze at the Excel centre. Alexandr Ivanov for Russia clinched silver as Ilya Ilyin gave Kazakhstan the gold medal. Kazakhstan also lifted a world record of 233kg clean and jerk.

Swimming

Women’s 50m Freestyle flung into action as Netherlands own power force Ranomi Kromowidjojo proved the one to beat once more, gaining another glorious gold in the pool with an Olympic record to boot at 24.05.

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Aliaksandra Herasimenia finished with 24.28 to earn Belarus a silver. Both poked tongues at one another in alight hearted moment on the podium, keeping competition healthy and fun, as third came another Dane, Marleen Veldhuis for bronze also.

Britta Steffen and Francesca Halsall ended fourth and fifth in a tight battle where Brit Halsall almost beat Germany’s Britta. Only one second separated them at 24.46 and 24.47. Steffen still owns the world record in the race at 23.73 from 2009.

Men’s 1500m freestyle started awry as Yang Sun launched into the water as a crowd member became over excited. Unfortunate for the sportsman, however was highly ungentlemanly in attitude afterwards. Restarting the race, Sun kept his lead in the race, eventually widening the gap to swim home with 14.31.02 to claim the gold on offer.

Sunny Horizons

The next available medal was seemingly Ryan Cochrane’s by a landslide, until Tunisian Oussama Mellouli caught the Canadian for an intense silver battle. Cochrane managed to thrust through and claim silver by a fraction, leaving his rival to take bronze. Cochrane raced a 14.39.63 to Mellouli’s 14.40.31.

Daniel Fogg attempted a race for Team GB, though swept away by tough competition in a trying effort.

Girls jetstream to gold

The 4 x 100m medley relay’s for the females saw Team USA rip through the water with a powerful team of gold medallists each from earlier in game events. Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Allision Schmitt tunnel through to top the gold on the podium with a 3.52.05 setting another new world record in the process. Australia entered second and Japan in third.

Team USA swim to gold

The men took to the same event, where the top three remained, though switched places, as Team USA’s held 3.29.35 in Michael Phelps’ last swim at the Olympic’s earning his 22nd medal, 18 gold overall. His team mates Matthew Greavers, Brendan Hansen and Nathan Adrian also held their own in a strong team unison.

Christian Sprenger, James Magnussen, Matt Targett, Hayden Stoeckel gain bronze for Australia.

Japan fought a tough battle with Australia, who came second and third, respectively. Our one to watch, Aussie James Magnussen, the original goggle guru did not disappoint, as restored Australia to third place among tough competing in the water as the last man in the relay keeping level with  Japan for the remainder, in a tight result for victory.

Kiss the gold

Michael Phelps has ended his games at 22 medals and is now the fuly fledged greatest Olympian and dominant swimmer since 12 years ago. Outstanding achievement no one can remove. Congrats!

The Ultimate Olympian of our time

Congratulations to Michael Phelps!

Phelps was presented with a special trophy ceremony at London 2012 to commemorate his immense career. Michael Phelps – “I finished my career how I wanted to.”

London 2012, Day 7 Results

London 2012, Day 7 Results:

Swishing competition away

Men’s Cycling Team Pursuit sped forward as Great Britian bested Denmark to qualify, before the Brit boys continued forth to gain the gold medals in another tantalising race in the velodrome.

Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Ed Clancy and Steven Burke romped home with clean interlocking changes, set a new world record at a swift 3.51.659

Jake Humphrey of BBC Sport announcing claimed the cycling team would probably hear a crowd noise from Manchester, whilst in London. They didn’t.

He would go on to add, a “remarkable, special moment” aren’t they the exact same meaning?

Golden Boys

Australia lost a man along the way, and ended with silver in a challenging effort.

New Zealand entered in third for bronze.

The boys put on an expert race.

JH – “Chris Hoy crowned our greatest Olympian.” Hoy at six medals is behind Bradley Wiggins, who accumulated seven before the cycling, earlier in the week.

Female Team Pursuit

The Women’s team pursuit claimed another line from Mr.Humphrey “you grew up with this kind of thing” he uttered to Mark Cavendish, who used to do this “thing” we call cycling/sport.

Vickie Peddle-ton

After dismay one day prior, Victoria Pendleton rode home to grab the gold also. Someone get her a golden V-plate!

Golden V-Plate!

China’s silver medalist Guo Shuang and Hong Kong’s bronze medalist Lee Wai Sze also made the podium.

Viewers complaining, prompting a demotion or depletion of Humphrey’s character in prominence on BBC Sport was asked.

Giving viewers the hump.

Men’s Hockey played out with GB beating Pakistan at the riverbank arena to continue to the next round. The atmosphere was relaxed and communal with a band of drummers and trumpeteers enthusing the crowd with renditions of Rule Britiannia and I love you baby.

Brit Jocks jack pucks!

Men’s Trampoline had China win gold with Dong Dong and Lu Chun Long taking a bronze as Russian Dmitry Ushakov took silver. All where gentlemanly sports. Dong even signed an autograph for a fan after dropping a programme magazine and pen, from above, before leaving to the side entry.

Dong Dong merrily on high…

After Badminton’s awkward underline two days ago, mixed doubles saw China take on China. One of the South Korean’s involved in the hubbabaloo beforehand was said to be retiring from the sport as a result.

Judo jousters

Karina Bryant nabbed bronze in the +78 kg classification, after losing to Sugimoto. Idalys Ortiz of Cuba took a monumental gold for her nation.

Teddy Riner of France obtained a gold medal in the event for the +100kg final.

Ricardo Blas, at a beefy 35 stone, put Guam on the map for Judo with an impressive outing before leaving the completion in defeat.

Take the label off that drink, Woh-Oh-Oh-a-Ohhh!

President Vladimir Putin, who previously popped in for a chat with Dave Cam in number 10, discussing Syria briefly, both watched on in attendance, filling a few more empty seats. He had celebrated Tagir Khaibulaev’s judo-ific win on Thursday.

Alan Campbell raced to an excruciating exertion though secured a bronze for Team GB in a pleasing effort. in the single sculls.

4 man 1500m quads gave Germany a gold as Croatia landed second. Australia rowed into third to catch a bronze in another sensational rowing bonanza.

Christopher Morgan, Karsten Forsterling, James McRae, Daniel Noonan.

Argentina lost out to Roger Federer in Tennis at the Wimbledon grounds over a 4h 26m duel on the grass court.

Roger was fed to Murray once more as both clash for the final in a Wimbledon replay, this time for Olympic gold. R-Fed downed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina as Murray mashed Djokovic.

Racket Rogue Roge

Murray with his Team GB sweatbands on, till he threw them in the crowd.

Boxing

Andrew Selby and Freddie Evans of GB both advanced into the quaterfinals.

Men’s 50m freestyle gained a new perspective when Florent Manaudau of France clocked 21.34 over Cullen Jones and Brazilian Cesar Cielo to mass delight, where he splashed the water and wet the guy above the pool’s trousers! Manaudau is already being hailed as the new force of swimming to ascend by the media.

Goin’ with the Flo

Flo Rida, to gold

Women’s 50m Freestyle also saw the semi’s go on, with Ranomi Kromowidjojo take time of 24.07 going forward to finals. Brit’s Fran Halsall and Amy Smith raced too, though only Halsall advanced, as Smith narrowly missed out. Belarus also took Aliaksandra Hersimenia through.

Sploosh! She done it again!

Rowing rapture

Men’s double sculls 

After ending near every race in first to qualify in all heats, Will Satch and George Nash, both 22, landed victory in a groundbreaking win for the talented pair as the ones to beat, with a worthy bronze medal.

Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen took gold for New Zealand.

We were all on Satch-watch!

The New Zewi’s win gold.

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins steered to success in the Women’s double sculls. Supporting one another perfectly, another batch of electric crowds roared generously, willingly them to cross the line for country as well as themselves.

This is what needs fixing in the country to build a sustainable nation to greatness once more, as what Britain is, yet slightly defragmented with society at large. Sport has proven to bring the country closer together, a testament to reform the nation positively. Government need to implement ways to re-integrate society through social standing and not dividing the nation. To do that, we need incentives, programmes and motivation to encourage a future, helping people gain work as a starting point of that rather than forcing them into things as a dominance, sport adds with this relevance.

Ben Ainslie’s rivals made him angry and he said he would make them pay. Ainslie could be on course for a medal, in the Sailing events after finishing fruitfully to lead into a strong start for silver in the Finn event.

Swimming  Sensations!

Backstroke 200m

Missy done good

Seventeen year old Missy Franklin took the water by storm, sheering off competition to claim a new world record at 2.04.06. She took it way over the WR lining. Excellent work.

Elizabeth Simmonds of GB held her own, competently in second for most of the time, until final legs saw her hold a sustainable fourth place. Anastasia Zueva and Elizabeth Beisel held the top two positions after first.

Butterfly 100m

Paragon Phelps

The butterfly ended with the paragon of the pool Michael Phelps who leaves his last individual race of the games with a time of 51.21 putting him in first place for gold once more. Phelps now bests his medal count of twenty yesterday to twenty-one today, including seventeen gold’s overall. Extraordinary.

Le Clos, with a picturesq outline

Chad Le Clos again proved profitable, however ripples sent as he and Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin both tied for silver in a dramatic race all round, at 51.44. All were closely tailing one another in a tense swim.

Women’s 800m

Fear the unknown. Ledecky lavishes gold.

Hometown hero Rebecca Adlington took her esteemed race notoriety respectably though fell at the final stretch in a gruelling swim earning a bronze medal for her hearty efforts. Mireia Belamonte-Garcia of Spain played possum until powering through to silver.

15, 21 and 23. Youth proving profitable for swimming.

The shockwaves came from the unknown contender Katie Ledecky. The fifteen year old American astonished the race, and proved to be a ground-breaking star up and coming for Olympic swimming in a well-deserved debut outing. She would take our Goggle Guru award today. Exceptional.

Rebecca Adlington had high expectation placed on her shoulders, enforced by the media and them alone, where Adlington also expressed it was too much, even though doing so with grace and intent. As Adlington further expressed, winning bronze is no easy feat and is no embarrassment against extreme competition, aswell as comprising the sport itself valuably.

The only way is Ennis!

Jessica Ennis started athletics today at the Olympic stadium in East London, with events in shotput, hurdles, 200m sprint and women’s bar.

In heat five, Ennis, in lane seven, crossed the line as Dafne Schippers of Netherlands, lane two, powered through, with a time of 22.83, which became a tie for both. Both crossed in first place in extraordinary scenes. Katerina Johnson-Thompson for Team GB also raced to 23.73 at just 19 years of age.

Upon our results postings, the BBC said it was “impossible to cover everything” after seeing us give results to the Olympics for a worldwide audience as well as cover the “minor sports” unrecognised/neglected. Now, the Beeb have chosen to mention words written by this writer in glorious animation and now placed onto their agenda to cover all the sports available.

Only when I do it, eh?

Another interesting notion to mention, that the BBC, the official and only Olympic broadcaster in the country opened up a staggering twenty-four Olympic TV channels to cover all the sports, which initially stated they couldn’t “cover everything.”

Forgive me for being professional.

They even had The Times journalist Alyson Rudd on the show, even answering a question from a fourteen year old stating he “wanted to be a journalist.” Journalism takes years to ‘do’ and isn’t just about writing a few words. It is as fierce, if not fiercer than sport to get into. Journalism is a stubborn market that will only tend to accept those who look good on paper than those with artistic flair.

The country and the profession should be looking toward those who work their back hinds off, with immense passion and dedication to the industry who can provide tenfold than some already taking their so called ‘jobs’ for granted and abusing their ‘ethical’ rights, which causes a mass mockery of the industry and has forced journalism to become the shoddy outlook it receives today. You should look to freelance before choosing random people who are ‘interested’ or ‘fancy a go’ before choosing to be bored and then move on afterwards.

Choose commitment, first and foremost.

Only then, will we enforce social mobility so that youth can be thrust into the educational system to develop and work towards a goal. Increase those who have it today, in late twenties, and then early teens will be able to fill the void afterwards, obviously. There are still 50-60 working years left in a late 20 year old, according to the government, so how do you get them moving when you hold them back?

We would welcome a response, should you be able to find a valid solution. Think about it before answering, please.

Wimbledon Wranglers (2012)

Wimbledon Wranglers

Your Wimbledon 2012 champs, Serena Williams and Roger Federer

The south west London tennis tournament culminated on Sunday past, after a two week bonanza that really altered the landscape.

Numerous favourites dropped out early, making it the most exciting contest in years, in terms of unpredictability and widening the playing field.

However the event has now become plagued with Andy Murray/Roger Federer’s epic clash at the finals on Sunday, in which Great Britain put all its hopes onto Andy Murray to become the first Brit to win since Fred Perry in 1936.

The Scottish native had immense pressure placed onto him by the media, which did not help the proceedings with a nation bearing down all their hopes unto his shoulders.

Roger Federer lifted the title once more, after a brief year or so away from the title, to regain his position as Wimbledon wrangler.

Fed has won a record seven Wimbledon finals and stated it “felt great” as he equalled Pete Sampras’ record as a result.

The Swiss stronghold had won the contest back to back in 2003-2007 and a follow up in 2009, before 2012.

Whilst the majority of the nation had “Murray fever” a fine effort entered, though Andy must now add to his experience, many of his peers belive has added an extra strentght to his prowess.

The question of a nation’s pressure, desperate to have a champion for Britain, which piles stress onto any performer currently in the fold, should, hopefully make people realise to back off, allow him to be at the event and focus himself, while supporting without intense pressure from the media.

He’s the man with the golden cu(h)up…

Give him a couple of years, in my estimation and perhaps. Murray is not ready yet, but may be an ‘up and comer.’

Serena Williams defeated Polish Agnieszka Radwanska to become Female Singles champ, while both Venus and Serena took the doubles titles once more in another outstanding display against Andrea Hlavakova and Lucie Hradecka, for the Czech Republic.

British star Jonathan Marray and Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen lifter the Men’s Doubles from Swede, Robert Lindstedt and Romanian, Horia Tecau.

Men’s Double’s victors. One Brit victorious!

Mixed Doubles went to the USA’s Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond over India’s Leander Paes and Russian Elena Vesnina.